Learning doesn't end with childhood

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2004

Learning. It is supposed to be a life-long journey.

Probably some of the kids in school feel like they are spending their lives there. All too soon, school days are over and the liberty of making your own way and earning a living becomes necessary.

Learning to learn is a skill that serves students well. When study skills are gained, scholastic effort is made less difficult. This skill serves adults well, too.

Besides academic subjects, attitude and character are areas that need instruction.

People in ancient China wanted security against enemies to the north, so a huge wall was constructed. The Great Wall of China, as it is known today, was long, high and seemingly impregnable. However, during the first century of its existence, China was invaded three times.

The barbaric hordes did not tear down the wall or climb over it; they simply bribed a gatekeeper and marched through the gates. Relying on walls of stone for security, they didn't teach everyone integrity.

Modern science and medicine have achieved amazing advances and accomplishments. Yet some cures to terrible diseases took centuries to recognize.

Long ago, scurvy took the lives of sailors and soldiers. Different explorers of the New World noted that oranges and lemons helped lessen the occurrence of scurvy. However, it was not until the early 1800s that regulations requiring lemon juice on board ships helped eliminate scurvy from the British navy.

Perhaps this is more a commentary on resistance to change than learning. However, learning should result in changes.

Nicodemus, a religious leader of the Jews, came to see Jesus one night. When instructed about being born again, he asked, "How can a man be born when he is old?"

He didn't grasp the concept of a spiritual new beginning. However, Jesus emphatically stated, "Ye must be born again."

Another chance? Start over? Begin again? Yes, it is possible through a relationship with Jesus Christ. A whole new dimension of the divine is opened up for a believer to explore.

A group of tourists were visiting a small village. One of them asked an old man, "Were any great men born in this village?"

The old man replied, "Nope, only babies."

Growth and learning by "new babes in Christ" can result in great blessings in God's plan.

Once new birth is experienced, a lifetime of learning God's ways, his powerful provisions and his loving compassion ensue.

Christ brings changes to a Christian that are positive. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature" is how the Bible states it. Ultimately, the believer will follow the Lord through death's doorway into eternal life.

The Bible says in Romans 15:4, "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."

There is much to be learned from following the Lord, and exciting experiences to be enjoyed.

Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church on Swanson River Road and Entrada. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and worship service is at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited.

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